[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 118 (Tuesday, June 19, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36583-36584]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14872]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[NRC-2012-0133]


NRC Form 5, Occupational Dose Record for a Monitoring Period

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Solicitation of public comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
is seeking public comment on the proposed draft NRC Form 5, 
``Occupational Dose Record for a Monitoring Period.'' The current NRC 
Form 5 is being revised to align with current regulations. We are 
required to publish this notice in the Federal Register under the 
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 
35).

DATES: Please submit any comments or questions by July 20, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may access information and comment submissions related 
to this document, which the NRC possesses and are publically available, 
by searching on http://www.regulations.gov under Docket ID NRC-2012-
0133. You may submit comments by the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0133. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-
3668; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Chief, Rules, 
Announcements, and Directives Branch (RADB), Office of Administration, 
Mail Stop: TWB-05-B01M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001.
     Fax comments to: RADB at 301-492-3446.
    For additional direction on accessing information and submitting 
comments, see ``Accessing Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Lewis, Office of Nuclear 
Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-251-7559; email: Doris.Lewis@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Accessing Information and Submitting Comments

A. Accessing Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0133 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information regarding this document. You may 
access information related to this document by the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0133.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly-available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number 
for each document referenced in this notice (if that document is 
available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is 
referenced. The proposed draft NRC Form 5 can be found electronically 
under ADAMS Accession No. ML12135A226.
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2012-0133 in the subject line of your 
comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make 
your comment submission available to the public in this docket.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information in comment submissions that you do not want to be publicly 
disclosed. The NRC posts all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as entering the comment submissions into 
ADAMS, and the NRC does not edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information in their comment submissions 
that they do not want to be publicly disclosed. Your request should 
state that the NRC will not edit comment submissions to remove such 
information before making the comment submissions available to the 
public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS.

II. Background

    On December 4, 2007 (72 FR 68043), NRC published a Federal Register 
Notice regarding changes to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
(10 CFR) parts 19, 20 and 50. Specific changes to 10 CFR part 20 
included a definition change to the total effective dose equivalent 
(TEDE), which allowed NRC licensees to use the effective dose 
equivalent (for external exposures) in place of the deep dose 
equivalent in determining the TEDE value. Section 20.2206(a) specifies 
seven categories of licensees that are required to report occupational 
radiation dose information to the NRC annually and Section 20.2206(b) 
allows licensees to submit this information in paper format on NRC Form 
5, ``Occupational Dose Record for a Monitoring Period,'' or in an 
equivalent paper or electronic format. The change to 10 CFR parts 19, 
20 and 50 became effective on February 15, 2008. The current NRC Form 5 
can be found on NRC's Public Web page, http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/forms/nrc5.pdf.

III. Discussion

    The NRC staff believes that the current NRC Form 5 should be 
modified to align with the existing TEDE definition in 10 CFR part 20. 
To ensure that the NRC is well informed of all of the benefits and 
burdens associated with revising the current NRC Form 5, the NRC is 
seeking input from stakeholders regarding the proposed draft NRC Form 
5. Specifically, the NRC- and Agreement State-licensees who are 
required to comply with Section 20.2206(b) or compatible State 
regulations should submit comments regarding (1) the layout of the 
proposed draft NRC Form 5, (2) estimated economic costs associated with 
modifying existing information technology (IT) systems to include the 
new ``Effective Dose Equivalent for External Exposures (EDEX)'' field, 
(3) estimated economic savings associated with calculating EDEX for 
certain occupational employees, and (4) the clarity of the instructions 
provided for completing the proposed draft NRC Form 5, specifically 
concerning the use of EDEX and the new directions for blocks 11a and 
11b. Stakeholders and interested parties also may provide other options 
for the current NRC Form 5, issues with the current NRC Form 5, or 
other information for NRC's consideration associated with the current 
NRC Form 5. The NRC staff will use this feedback in developing a new 
NRC Form 5 and a new NRC Form 4, ``Cumulative Occupational Dose 
History.''

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 12th day of June 2012.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Stephanie Bush-Goddard,
Chief, Division of Systems Analysis, Office of Nuclear Regulatory 
Research.
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